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Parliamentary questions
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26 March 2018
Question for written answer E-001800-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Soraya Post (S&D) , Péter Niedermüller (S&D)

 Subject:  Unlawful removal of Roma children from their families
 Answer in writing 

The European Roma Rights Centre has filed a lawsuit against the Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources because it found that the child protection institutions of Nógrád county, which are under the Ministry’s control, separate Roma children from their parents on the basis of the families’ social status and poverty due to prejudice against the Roma.

The organisation has, over the last decade, been researching the proportion of Roma children in child protection services. According to the latest research, 80% of the children separated from their parents in Nógrád county come from Roma families, yet Roma people account for only 20% of the population in the county.

This practice, which has been reported in several other EU Member States, is in clear violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Charter of Fundamental Rights, and the Race Equality Directive (2000/43/EC).

On the basis of this finding, we would like to know if the Commission:
Plans to start infringement proceedings against Hungary based on Article 3 (1) (f) of the Race Equality Directive?
Is prepared to monitor the situation in the Member States and produce a report on it?
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